ENGLAND’S COAST TO COAST WALK
Dip your boot in the sea at the start of this walk, as it is traditional that you dip your boot in Robin Hood’s Bay at the end, making you a traveler from sea to shining sea. In a single week, you will go across the entire width of England—from the cliffs of St. Bees, the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, the North York Moors and finally along the cliffs to the North Sea.
The very best sections of this outstanding long distance walk have been selected to do on foot. You will enjoy intervening areas from the comfort of a sightseeing vehicle. Your knowledgeable and good-natured Blue Badge Tourist Guide is a veteran of this walk, and has a curiosity and passion for its ever changing discoveries.
England’s Coast to Coast Walk is a route pioneered by Viking settlers in the last millennium, and has been kept cleared by enlightened man ever since. Pass through forests, quiet valleys and some high ground with absolutely marvelous views of the largest lakes in England.
Pass by the Pennine Mountains, and through the picturesque, sleepy villages of Kirkby Stephen, an ancient market town, and Patterdale, set in the Ullswater Valley, and Reeth, the ‘capital of Swaledale,’ sporting three pubs, three tea shops, a post office and a museum. Walking by the swirling waters of the River Swale takes you past a 12th century monk’s priony.
At the end of the walk you come to the small town of Robin Hood’s Bay. Clinging to the rugged cliffs of the powerful North Sea, your journey ends with an extraordinary coastal walk along the cliffs, seeing quaint cottages along the way. You have done it! Each walker will receive a certificate attesting to the accomplishment.
Include 6 nights B&B accommodation, breakfast each day, 5 days picnic or pub lunches, 4 dinners, fruit and juice breaks, 5 days guided walking, all entrance fees in itinerary, Blue Badge Tourist back-up transport during walk, luggage transfer and tax.
DIFFICULTY OF WALK
Walking along footpaths, narrow earthen tracks which can sometimes uneven and a little rocky in places. Occasionally they arm tracks and paved minor roads.
As St. Bees is on the Irish sea, your introductory walk offers coastal views around the beautiful St. Bees headland, the habitat of many interesting sea birds. Many of the houses in St. Bees date from the 17th and 18th centuries. You will visit a medieval abbey in St. Bees before an introductory talk and welcome dinner. Walk: 5 miles, 3 hours. Ascent: 300 ft. Overnight St. Bees.
A short drive to takes you to Ennerdale where your walk begins by walking up this remote and beautiful valley alongside Ennerdale water, through pine forests, with views at the head of the valley of the Lake District mountains. You will descend via old slate quarry workings, evoking the industrial past, to the pretty hamlet of Rosthwaite in Borrowdale. Walk: 10 miles, 7 hours. Ascent: 1700 ft. Overnight Borrowdale.
Leave Borrowdale by way of Greenup Gill walking up into wild and beautiful sheep country with extensive views. Descend into Thomas Gray’s “unsuspected paradise”—the Vale of Grasmere. Walk through the famous village of Grasmere with its many Wordsworth connections. A delightful scenic drive takes you to the Yorkshire Dales National Park and beautiful Swaledale with its unique landscape and field barns. A short easy walk leads into the village of Reeth with its broad village green and lovely views. Walk: 9 miles, 6-7 hours. Ascent: 1600 ft. Overnight Reeth.
Walk from Reeth along the River Swale where the valley widens on its majestic journey eastwards. Pass the ruins of Marrick Priory en route to the village of Marske and continue following the River Swale through magnificent limestone scenery and woods to the historic market town of Richmond dominated by its medieval castle. Walk: 11 miles, 6-7 hours. Ascent: 500 ft. Overnight Richmond.
Drive from Richmond to Mount Grace Priory, a rare Carthusian Monastery with a reconstructed monks dwelling. Spend the day walking in the lovely rolling Cleveland Hills, enjoying extensive views over the surrounding countryside. End the day with a picturesque drive into the Esk Dale valley and the village of Danby. Walk: 11 miles, 7-8 hours. Ascent: 2000 ft. Overnight Danby.
A short drive from Danby takes you up to the heather moors for a delightful walk and outstanding views. Gradually descend into Esk Dale, via an ancient packhorse bridge and woodland, following the River Esk to lunch at an old coaching inn. Drive to Hawsker for the final part of this memorable journey, a magnificent walk along the cliffs and down past quaint cottages to the sea at Robin Hood’s Bay. Time to celebrate an achievement over cocktails—you will have walked or traveled through three National Parks and covered just over a third of the 190 mile route on foot. Walk: 12 miles hours. Overnight Robin Hood’s Bay.
Depart after a leisurely breakfast.
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